“Professional video and audio editor”
When it comes to video editing there is a wide range of choices, from
simple tools like Windows Movie Maker to industry standards such as
Adobe Premiere. Sony Vegas is an alternative solution for both amateurs
and professionals who like to have a complete video editing tool without
giving up ease of use.
Now, don't get me wrong here: Sony Vegas is not easy – at least at first
sight – but is still simpler than other suites like Premiere or Final
Cut Pro. Also, the program is very well documented, so you'll probably
find the answer to all your questions in the Help section. That thorough
documentation, together with a nice interface that will look familiar
to anyone who has ever edited video, makes Sony Vegas an excellent
Sony Vegas allows you to work on your videos with total freedom; you'll
be able to import your media from various devices (including HD video),
fiddle with more than 300 filters and special effects, make use of
specific tools to work with text layers and subtitles and easily
optimize image quality.
But Sony Vegas doesn't only allow you to edit video. Sound tracks are
also important in Sony's video editor, which includes more than 30 sound
effects and support for VST plugins, among other features.
Like I said, the interface in Sony Vegas is similar to other video
editors. You have several windows to preview your media and your current
work, as well as a timeline to organize the various audio and video
tracks. The best thing about this interface is that it's totally
customizable: you can freely open, close and arrange the program's
diverse modules to best suit your needs.
In all, Sony Vegas is one of those programs that seem a bit off-putting
for newcomers, and that require some effort to get to grips with. But
it's also one of those programs that are really worth the effort.
Sony Vegas is an excellent choice in the market of video editors:
powerful enough for professionals, easier than other video suites and
with awesome results for everyone.
Requires you to fill in short registration form
Recent changes in Sony Vegas Video:
* Enhanced audio event timestretch and pitch shifting with zplane
* Added XDCAM EX (MP4) rendering.
* Added quality setting for MXF compression during capture (lower
quality level enables compress during capture on lower-end hardware).
* Added a Prioritize quality over speed check box to the MainConcept
MPEG-2 and Sony MXF Custom Settings dialog.
* MPEG-2 smart rendering now works across different container formats.
You can smart render between identical operating points of XDCAM (MXF),
XDCAM EX (MP4), and HDV (M2T).
* Added support for RED devices and media to the Device Explorer.
* Incorporated an updated RED SDK. In the new SDK, default decoding
properties have changed, and color science has been improved. You may
notice variations in decoded images due to these changes.
* Added support for additional AJA I/O hardware: XENA LHi and Io
Express, including HDMI input and output.
* Added support for BlackMagic Design DeckLink HD Extreme (4:2:2 only).
* Improved precision for the Record Engage Delay setting when printing
to tape from an SDI device to allow fine tuning of auto-edit frame
* Added General Preference for Import stereo as dual mono which allows
for working with two-channel audio as dual mono.
OS requirements for Sony Vegas Video:
* OS: Win2000/XP/7